Del Rio is first head coach to go

Sources: Jags fire Jack Del Rio
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Jack Del Rio has been fired as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to team sources. The Jaguars, who are 3-8 heading into a Monday night game with the San Diego Chargers, plan to announce the move at noon Tuesday.

Not that the Chargers are expected to axe Norv this week, but how do you suppose the Worldwide Leader would spend the 18-hour pregame show next Monday with two interim coaches making their debuts? Don't you want to find out?

The Daily Lard 11-29-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis goes all Woody Paige in responding to a reasonable and intelligent question about the Broncos' struggles to score points and extend drives beyond three plays with Tebow at the helm. He does so by cherry-picking some numbers which make the Tebow-led offense appear more productive than it's been; according to Klis' calculations, the Broncos have scored 21.2 points in their five wins under Tebow, as if points per win ever mattered. For one, this removes the 10-point effort against the Lions, which when included brings the figure down to 19.3 points. Secondly, two of the touchdowns scored during this time were provided by Eddie Royal's punt return in Oakland and Andre' Goodman's INT return against the Jets. Without those, the offense is down to 17 points per game, and then there's the issue of two games having gone to overtime, without which the Denver offense is scoring 16 points per game since Tebow took over.

Do all those other scores count? Of course! Should the Broncos give them back because Tebow wasn't responsible for them? Nope. But really, let's not say the offense is scoring 21+ points a game, okay? I can just see the water cooler conversations now. Fan A: The wins are nice, but we need to score more points to beat the good teams. Fan B: You're an idiot! They're scoring 21.2 points with Tebow! Mike Klis said so, must be true ZOMG!!

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He just keeps getting up

Waiting for Tebow to Go Splat
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So far, Tebow has shown a remarkable ability to absorb punishment. In Sunday’s win over the San Diego Chargers, there were 20 hits on Tebow during the game—and a few of them were the sorts of brutal shots that an average running back would attempt to avoid.

The worst one came at the end of the first quarter. On a second-and-9 on the San Diego 39, Tebow took a snap out of shotgun, faked a pitch right to running back Willis McGahee, then cut to the left and ran toward the line of scrimmage.

Chargers outside linebacker Travis LaBoy grabbed Tebow’s facemask and yanked his face down, preventing him from seeing in front of him. Defensive end Corey Liuget grabbed Tebow’s shoulder pads and started pulling him down, but not before Vaughn Martin, a 300-pound defensive lineman, came barreling at Tebow with a full head of steam and used the crown of his helmet to pound Tebow like a veal cutlet.

This is the kind of physical punishment that would make most people quit football entirely. But Tebow popped right up, seemingly unscathed. He was really upset that the officials didn’t call the facemask penalty (he had a point—it was blatant).

I'll admit I didn't think Tebow could take the punishment he's been taking as a runner.  I thought he'd be injured by the fourth game taking shots like he did against the Chargers.

This article tells you what I was oblivious to when I made that assertion--the guy just keeps getting up.

Open Thread - MNF Week 12

Enjoy the game everyone! Matt Bowen, Mike Tanier and Joe Fortenbaugh preview the matchup.

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Broncos promote McCarthy, Mohamed from PS

Denver has placed CB/KR Cassius Vaughn on IR and signed S Kyle McCarthy and LB Mike Mohamed to fill the roster spots previously occupied by Vaughn and Kyle Orton. McCarthy dressed for eight games last season but was a casualty of final cuts in September, while 2011 sixth-rounder Mohamed was active for two games in the absence of the injured D.J. Williams. Interestingly, the Broncos chose not to promote Adam Weber and will instead stick with just two QBs despite the fact that Tim Tebow runs as much as he does - his 22 carries yesterday were the most by a QB in at least 60 years.

Chewing the Fat: Week 12 - Broncos at Chargers

The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 16-13 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers

Doug: I'm sure happy for the 4:15 start so we can see all these great finishes

Ted: Yeah it worked out pretty well

TJ: Wow, this game just got going quick, haha...and we're off!

Ted: Weather looks nice in Whale's Vagina

TJ: Shift shift shift, SD loves that

Ted: They really like to get quick separation with it

TJ: Goody jumped that

Doug: Pretty terrible throw. Oh my - Ryan Mathews does Denver like Knowshon does KC - Mathews has two 100-yd games, both against Denver

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Kurt Warner agrees with Jake Plummer

Super Bowl Hero Kurt Warner Gives A Little Spiritual Advice To Tim Tebow
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“I’d tell (Tebow), ‘Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you’re living,” Warner told the Arizona Republic. “Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony. There’s almost a faith cliche, where (athletes) come out and say, ‘I want to thank my Lord and savior,’ ” Warner told reporter Dan Bickley. “As soon as you say that, the guard goes up, the walls go up, and I came to realize you have to be more strategic. The greatest impact you can have on people is never what you say, but how you live. When you speak and represent the person of Jesus Christ in all actions of your life, people are drawn to that. You set the standard with your actions. The words can come after.”

Some will see this as a negative story, but it's actually just the opposite.

I am floored by Kurt Warner's words--just stunned.  I never thought Warner, of all people, would be agreeing with Jake Plummer.

Football aside, I hope Tebow takes Warner's advice.  Not only do I agree with it on a personal level, it will ultimately get Tebow more converts, not less.  Warner seems to get that.

In my view, if Tebow becomes the long-term QB of the Broncos, I think he goes in this direction as he matures both on and off the field.

CHFF: Tebow sticking to the plan; Norv could be done soon

10 Things We Learned: Professional Week 12 Edition
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And then there was Tebow. He followed the same blueprint he has in all five of his wins this year; don’t turn the ball over, hit a few big passes, stay close until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. Win. People seem to think the fascination with Tebow has to do with his religious beliefs, but they don’t make him the lead story every week. It’s the winning, and the weirdness of it all…GM A.J. Smith hasn’t shown much penchant for sentiment, trading Drew Brees, kicking LaDainian Tomlinson to the curb at the first signs of wear, firing Marty Schottenheimer after a 14-2 season. So, if the Chargers lose next week at Jacksonville on Monday Night (ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!?!?!) and Oakland beats Miami, Smith could make his move.

FO: Time to blow up the Chargers

Audibles at the Line: Week 12
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I was actually ready to compliment Norv for balancing runs with passes on that last drive. Then he ran three straight times to settle for that 53-yard field goal. I was shouting “punt!” because I honestly felt they had a better chance pinning the Broncos and seeing if they could drive 50 yards. Instead, the Broncos get the ball in position to pick up two first downs and win the game. Man, you cannot make this stuff up…Von Miller saved them this game too—on third down he knifed in to drop Mike Tolbert for a four-yard loss. Miller just went right through Antonio Gates on the play. Novak’s field goal missed just wide, and likely would have been good from four yards closer. Easy to blame Norv here, but give Miller credit for being a straight baller.

Foxball bolder than Norvball, by a skosh

Calling Interference on Pass Interference
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Turner pretty clearly gave up at the end of overtime…By taking an instant timeout, Turner could have forced the Broncos to run another play to try to run the clock down, and if anyone is aware of what can happen with an extra snap before a field goal attempt, it’s the Chargers…The Chargers ran Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert on three consecutive plays for no net gain, and Novak promptly failed to put his 52-yarder through the uprights. That’s the exact sort of overtime behavior Brian Burke noted in his research into why Mike Smith’s fourth-and-1 decision was correct; essentially, coaches clam up in overtime when they get anywhere near a reasonable field goal. And it’s also worth noting that the Broncos passed up two fourth-and-1 opportunities with their excellent running game and promptly let the Chargers drive down the field on them … only to get lucky when the Chargers gave up and then missed their field goal.

Can someone tell Fox about the fourthdownulator, please?

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